We were invited last weekend to visit the Cutty Sark for the 150th Anniversary celebration weekend. We have been there before and the girls loved it so we were excited to go back. The last time we visited it was raining a lot so we couldn’t explore the top deck much so this time we were looking forward to walking around that area first.
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About Royal Museums Greenwich
The Royal Museums Greenwich is a top-10 UK visitor attraction. It is home to the Royal Observatory, iconic sailing ship Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House art gallery.
Royal Museums Greenwich is the place to discover sea and space exploration, pioneering architecture, art and British history. They strive to be an epic place of exploration for their visitors.
All attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich.
About Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the River Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development, which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion. It was also used as a navy training ship.
Cutty Sark visited nearly every major port in the world during the course of her career and gained fame for her record-breaking passages through the wildest oceans around the globe.
Since being built in 1869, it’s travelled to destinations all across the world unscathed through different wars of the last century. It was used for the wool trade and carried large containers of spirits and wines across the Atlantic and to places such as Australia and China. Also, it is admired simply for the magnitude and size of the ship.
It is split into four levels with interactive displays, exhibits, photos and videos which bring it’s history to life.
The 150th Anniversary of the Cutty Sark
On Friday 22nd November the Cutty Sark turned 150 years old! The weekend was filled with activities for the whole family to enjoy. There was also some fantastic competitions to win a year’s Royal Museums Greenwich Membership during that weekend. How cool is that?
They were also offering £10 discount on the usual-off Membership price when they sign up by Direct Debit, making a year’s single membership only £39.
The Day Of Our Visit
We visited on Saturday 23rd and it was a better day than the day we visited last year. It wasn’t raining so we explored the top deck first. The girls loved going around, ringing the bell and touching the ship’s wheel.
They had storytelling while we were there so we joined part of it. The guide was very fun and the kids really loved listening to some interesting stories and facts about Cutty Sark.
After exploring the Top Deck, we took the stairs down to the lower ground. They have a lift so you don’t need to worry if you have a pushchair or wheelchair. You can see beneath the hull here. It is impressive and is lifted 3 metres off the ground. You can walk underneath it and even have something to eat at the cafe.
At the end of the huge hall, you can see a fantastic collection of original figureheads collected by Long John Silver himself. It is the world’s largest collection of merchant-ship figureheads which are wooden carvings of characters that originally decorated the prows of ships.
They also had face painting and crafts for the kids. The face painting was full so we couldn’t do that but the girls tried the craft activities. Bella and Sienna created bunting decorations for their bedroom with the letters of their names on it. It was cute.
Where & How Much
You can reach Cutty Sark using the DLR until the stop, Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich which is just a couple of minutes from the ship. You can also get to Greenwich by rail or river, it takes no time at all. They are just 8 minutes from central London by rail, 20 minutes by DLR, or you can make the journey part of the fun and arrive by boat.
The tickets are £13.50 adults and £6.75 children but I will recommend to buy them online as the prices cheaper.
We really enjoyed our time at Cutty Sark. It is such an educational and fun visit and the weekend of the 150th anniversary was even better. The girls loved running around and exploring all the decks. The interactive activities are a lot of fun.
It is a short visit but if you combine it with The Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum on its doorstep, it becomes a fantastic family day out. Kids love boats so it is definitely an attraction to consider visiting during the holidays.
For more information about visiting Cutty Sark, please check their website HERE. Have you visited Cutty Sark before?
*Disclosure: We were invited by the Royal Museums Greenwich to visit Cutty Sark for the purpose of this review post. This is a sponsored post and therefore we have been compensated. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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